Rangers Acquire Bouchard from Capitals

In the first trade of the season for the Blueshirts, the Rangers have acquired forward Francois Bouchard from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Tomas Kundratek.

Bouchard, 23, a former second-round draft choice of the Capitals, scored 21 goals and 52 points with the Hershey Bears (AHL) two years ago en route to a Calder Cup championship.

Kundratek, 21, could never find his footing with the Rangers and fell behind others on the depth chart in a very crowded defensive prospect system.

“Bouchard is a skilled guy that can play all positions and just needed a change of scenery,” said Jeff Gorton, the Rangers assistant general manager, following the trade. “We like his sense and playmaking ability.”

Not sure if or when Bouchard will ever wear a Rangers sweater, but with the string of injuries, the Rangers obviously felt they needed to add some skill to the team. Again, not sure he’ll be suiting up with the team anytime soon, but it’s another option.

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